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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped. Vitals: Color – Dark Chocolate ABV – 7.5% O.G. – 1.078 Malt – American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats Hops – Centennial, Columbus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
dark sepia with puffy cream head. Nose more dank than Old Tom, earthy and bitter but some brownie chocolate to offset. Flavor is more brownie and earth front, bitterness and cake profile growing through mid. The ends coating, full, rich. Very dense for the low abv. Liked it, but not as soft or nuanced as most Maine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
500 ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Bottled 4/23/13. A: Pours a solid black color and as with all Maine Beer Co. beers a thick and heavy head, khaki in color, forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time. Great retention. Lots of sticky webbing of lace is left on the glass. S: The hops pop up in the forefront with some light fruitiness. Some roast and char is present after the initial hop burst. Light cocoa powder as well. T: Some leafy and fruity hops up front. The char and roast take over in the mid-palate, but the hops definitely stick around throughout. Light bitter baker’s chocolate mixes with some sweet roasted malts on the finish. M: medium bodied with a nice chew to the body. Medium carbonation with a roasty and sweet finish. O: I’m not the biggest fan of hoppy porters. The hops lingered a little too long for me and provided some unwanted fruity and leafy notes while not adding any bitter flavors. There is enough chocolate malts with a nice roasting to remind it’s still a porter, but it needs a little more balance. Serving type: bottle 07-05-2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from somewhere in NoVA. The pour’s deep brown with a ridiculously good looking thick tan head. Pillowy as all hell. The nose is very welcoming robust. Plenty of sweet dark chocolate. Toasted chestnut. Brown sugar. Hazelnut spread. Earthy sweetness. The taste is oatmeal raisin cookie. Dark chocolate. Cocoa. Singed grass bitterness on the finish. Just a touch thin. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall, the appearance and nose are otherworldly. A slightly better mouthfeel would put this in truely rarefied territory. Still, awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
*16.9 oz.* Look: Very dark brown almost black body with brown hues, off white head. Smell: Deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate sweetness, mild smoke, faint spice, fruity character almost orange peel. Taste: Nice chocolate, roasted malts that give to coffee (Not burnt coffee, but almost burnt.), sweet malts, a bitter earthy finish. Feel: Full body, tight fizzy carbonation, this time it fits like a fine Belgian ale. Overall: I don’t know why I haven’t tried this before. This isn’t the "Buckets full of Hops" that M.B.C. are used to contributing to their beers. This is tasty and also walks the thin line of being an Imperial Porter. Don’t get me wrong about the hops. It doesn’t lack them either. Like a fine Belgian beer, the hops aren’t in for flavoring. They are used for the dryness of the flavor and bitterness to cut the sweetness ( which does a fine job at that). This beer is rock solid. I wish I had another bottle that is how much I enjoyed this beer. This is Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2965) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Rich cocoa nose, a bit of smoke. Dry, toasted nose, with plenty of dark chocolate, and espresso in the back. Nice full palate. Really dark, with thick head, full retention. Pretty nice. Closing in on a baltic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
A black body with a thick tan head that had nice retention and great lace. Aroma had a good roasted malt profile upfront hints off cocoa and coffee. Flavor was similar. A nice slightly dry finish. Seemed to have a fuller mouthfeel. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (1109) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with long lasting, foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and hint of dried fruit. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee, followed by earthy hops. Finish is long and bittersweet. Excellent, delicious Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7886) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
pours very dark brown with a thick and creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. burnt hazelnuts, bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, earthy, sprucey and piney - obviously lots of c’s going on. bit of sweetness and booze. moderate to low carbonation, medium body - oily, lactose-like and bitter chocolate and dark coffee berries notes along with earthy and piney slightly harsh finish. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
One could almost repeat the brewer’s description of the beer and that would be enough. All of that, and the chocolate warmth of a liqueur. All the elements are in balance here, and there is a gentle endowment of earthiness to the beer to go along with the generous chocolate malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle (born on 1/13)
Aroma: Dry cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee
Appearance: Opaque black with khaki creamy head
Taste: Bitter chocolate,
Palate: Heavy body, thick and chewy is right. Dry, bitter chocolate finish.
Overall: Solid porter; not a ton of complexity. The initial bitterness eases up after a few sips making it quite enjoyable.

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